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"The Fair Goddess of Ogygia" and "Nymph of the Odyssey"

Image painting of the goddess Calypso welcoming the Greek hero Odysseus to the island of Ogygia
Image painting of the goddess Calypso welcoming the Greek hero Odysseus to the island of Ogygia


Connections to Others



Calypso is the daughter of the Titan Atlas (also known as Oceanus or Nereus).


What the Legend Says

Calypso is featured in Homer's epic, the Odyssey. She is known to be either a goddess or a beautiful sea nymph* who inhabits the island of Ogygia.

According to legend, when the Greek hero, Odysseus was shipwrecked on the island of Ogygia on his journey

Cover of The Odyssey by Homer translated by Robert Fagles
Cover of The Odyssey by Homer translated by Robert Fagles

back home, Calypso fell in love with him. For seven years, she kept him on the island and offered to give him a youthful eternal and immortal life if he would say yes to the request of being with Calypso on the island forever.

Homesick and with a longing to finally see his wife after being separated from her for a very long time, Odysseus could not agree to this deal. Having pity on the hero, the Olympian god Zeus sent the messenger god Hermes to order Calypso to release Odysseus. Calypso agreed to release the hero and even gave him supplies for his voyage.

Legend also states that Calypso also bore Odysseus at least one son.



====nymph* - minor goddess of nature, usually beautiful and of young age.

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Video clip from the movie "Odyssey" showing the messenger god Hermes sending Zeus' message to Calypso.

Calypso from the movie "Pirates of the Carribbean"
Calypso from the movie "Pirates of the Carribbean"


Connections to the Real World


The mythical story of Calypso in the Odyssey helped in inspiring the creators of "Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest" and "Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World's End" to create a character for her.

In the movie, Calypso was described as a sea goddess bound in human form who fell in love with the legendary pirate, Davy Jones. To read more about the her character and the movie, visit Pirates: Calypso

Words of Calypso:

1. Calypso (Oxford)
-a kind of West Indian (originally Trinidadian) music in syncopatedAfrican rhythm, typically with words improvised on a topical theme.

Sources Used:

http://www.mythencyclopedia.com/Be-Ca/Calypso.html

http://pirates.wikia.com/wiki/Calypso

http://redodysseyreflections.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/homer1.jpg

http://www.paleothea.com/Pictures/Calypso.jpg

http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20070623120037/pirates/images/7/7c/TiaDalma.jpg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNDUtbvMWtc&feature=related